Amsterdam Pride is a citywide gay-festival organized yearly at the center of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. The festival attracts various hundred-thousand guests each year and thus one of the biggest openly held annual occasions in the Netherlands. Amsterdam Pride was actually organized in 1996.
The optimum of the festival is throughout the Canal Parade, a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August, which usually goes from Westerdok over the Prinsengracht, Amstel river, Zwanenburgwal and Oudeschans to Oosterdok. In 2014, the initial Jewish boat and the initial Moroccan boat participated in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade. Dana International was on the Jewish boat, as well as the Fokkens twins, who are popular in the Netherlands for owning worked 50 years as sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District before their retirement earlier in 2014. Marianne van Praag, a Reform rabbi from The Hague, was the only rabbi aboard the Jewish boat.
The center of the functions and events during the celebration is the Rembrandtplein and during the festival there are many activities in the adjoining areas.
Gay Events Dates
Paris :- 4 May – 8 May :- FierteOurs Bear Pride
Sitges :- 2 Feb – 10 Feb :- Sitges Carnival
Salvador :- 4 Feb – 10 Feb :- Carnaval
Rio de Janeiro :- 5 Feb – 9 Feb :- Carnival Rio
New Orleans :- 5 Feb – 9 Feb :- Gay Mardi Gras
Cologne :- 5 Feb – 9 Feb :- Karneval
Fort Lauderdale :- 7 Feb – 14 Feb :- RSVP Caribbean Cruise
Reykjavik :- 11 Feb – 14 Feb :- Rainbows Winter Festival
Auckland :- 14 Feb :- The Big Gay Out
Antwerp :- 17 Feb – 22 Feb :- Belgium Leatherpride
Cape Town :- 19 Feb – 28 Feb :- Cape Town Gay Pride
Gran Canaria :- 19 Feb – 28 Feb :- Carnival
Sydney :- 19 Feb – 6 Mar :- Mardi Gras
Rome :- 25 Feb – 28 Feb :- Fetish Pride Italy
Munich :- 25 Feb – 28 Feb :- Stark-bier-fest meeting
Miami :- 2 Mar – 7 Mar :- Winter Party Miami
Amsterdam :- 3 Mar – 7 Mar :- Amsterdam Bear Pride
Sydney :- 5 Mar :- Mardi Gras Parade